Newcastle came out in their customary 3-4-2-1 with Allan Saint-Maximin in front of Matt Ritchie on the left and Miguel Almiron in front of DeAndre Yedlin on the right.
It was a very open affair in the first half, with a few decent chances for both sides. Tim Krul made an outstanding save on a Joelinton header in the 21st minute on a terrific cross by DeAndre Yedlin. Though the American had a difficult time putting in quality deliveries despite having a lot of space down the right.
In the 29th minute, Teemu Pukki was sent straight through on Martin Dubravka, but Federico Fernandez flew in to block the Finn’s shot.
In the 33rd minute, Newcastle suffered quite a scare as Allan Saint-Maximin went down from a harsh tackle by Alexander Tettey. Allan walked gingerly to the sideline but was able to continue.
Allan was brought down again in the 44th minute, this time by Liam Cantwell, who received a yellow card.
Both teams came out unchanged for the second half. It didn’t take Steve Bruce long to make his first change bringing on Valentino Lazaro for his Newcastle debut in the 52nd minute for Yedlin, who had a miserable afternoon. Just four minutes later, Sean Longstaff came on for Isaac Hayden.
Pukki had another clear cut chance in the 61st minute as Norwich went on a break after a Newcastle corner. Lukas Rupp found the striker down the left flank who sent his shot over the goal.
Steve Bruce brought Danny Rose on for his debut in the 78th minute for Allan Saint-Maximin, who played well but was hacked down a few times by Norwich. Matt Ritchie pushed up into Saint-Maximin’s position as Rose went to left wing-back.
Newcastle won three consecutive corners in the 84th minute, but Norwich handled all of them quite easily.
The only team that looked like scoring to close the game was the visitors as they pushed for a win while Newcastle held on.
It was another disappointing display and result at St James Park as Newcastle only manage a 0-0 draw against last-placed Norwich.